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The big question: would Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes improve standards?


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that he wants to introduce a new Ofsted-style rating system for hospitals and care homes.

The aim of the rating system is to end the “crisis of care” in some parts of the system.

Mr Hunt has commissioned a review of how the system could work that will look at how data on performance and patient experience can be combined with information from Care Quality Commission inspections to produce a “useful, credible and meaningful” rating.  

Mr Hunt said: “Parents know how well each school in my constituency is doing thanks to independent and thorough Ofsted inspections. But I do not know the same about hospitals and care homes.”

Do you think an Ofsted-style rating system would improve standards of care?

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Rachel Payne

    No. The schools often know when they are going to be inspect allowing them to prepare and be acting their best on the day of inspection. This would happen with hospitals, who would act their best on the day of inspection. Hospitals should be acting their best and providing safe patient care ALL the time, not just when they are being inspect. Inspections that are unannounced allow the true story to be seen.

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  • Information, information, information
    so much information, what is important is not how many ways we can use to get information, but how correct is the information and, how and when will the correct information be acted on.

    My answer to the question is no.
    What will improve standard of care is not a rating, but monitoring closely and fiercely standards of care in every care setting and acting on it immediately.
    That means a lot of monitoring at every level and not for a certain period. A lot of undercover and foot work for those monitoring, but standards will improve immensely.

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  • For heavens sake NO! If teaching has no sense, then is there any hope that Nursing has some?

    Having survived an FE Ofsted inspection which resulted in us working weeks of unpaid overtime to get our files on students, up to speed for the inspection.( These files were over and above what we normally had for each student, profiles, individual learning plans they would never achieve, a terms worth of lesson plans dreamed up before we taught the topics,and might never actually complete anyway, etc). The Ofsted requirements served no useful purpose - in teaching terms, except to show that a lot of paper work had been completed, and we had carefully followed their instructions on what we had to have). The fact we produced the files as prescribed, resulted in us having less time to prepare and be truly ready for the real hands on job of teaching classes of 30 difficult to manage students, who each needed 100% attention on a 1:1 basis, all the time they were in class with no classroom assistance at all. Need I expand further?

    I would say that Ofsteding hospitals and care homes is as counterproductive to real care as Ofsted inspections were to the FE college I worked at. It was a farce there and I am sure it would be no less of a farce in Hospitals and Homes.

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  • bob cat

    No, the premis is irrelevant. To compete to care means that the patient is no longer the focus. The focus is either money or organisational ego, neither of which are attractive let alone conducive to compassion and caring.

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